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  • Wymondham College
    Golf Links Road
    Morley
    Wymondham
    Norfolk
    NR18 9SZ
  • Head: Mr Dan Browning
  • T 01953 609000
  • F 01953 603313
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.wymondhamcollege.org
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Norfolk
  • Pupils: 1,305; sixth formers: 435
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day fee £28.66 pw; Sixth Form fee £100 pa ; Boarding £10,764 - £11,475 pa
  • Open days: One per term. Sixth Form October.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

It is the largest state boarding school in the country. The site is a former US military hospital and, despite the utilitarian nature of the buildings, it is very peaceful and in the middle of nowhere (Wymondham itself is several miles off). There is great pride in the school’s history and traditions, with a memorial garden and key anniversaries celebrated regularly. 'It’s an unpretentious place, not for show-offs, and we like that,' said a parent, and that is the common view. Pupils regard themselves as fortunate and appear…

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What the school says...

Wymondham College has been synonymous with excellence in secondary education since its foundation, with a national and international reputation for the academic, sporting and cultural successes of its students. The College enjoys extensive links with partner schools in China, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Argentina, where students and staff benefit from an exciting programme of cultural visits, exchanges and curriculum enrichment.

Boarding is central to the Wymondham College experience. Some 640 of the Colleges 1278 students board on a full or weekly basis. Most boarders come from East Anglia, but there is a significant number of students from further afield including continental Europe and Hong Kong. Service Children are well represented among the student body. As a state funded boarding school all education at Wymondham College is free but parents (or sometimes charitable trusts or local authorities) pay a fee to cover the costs of the boarding provision at the College.
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School associations

State boarding school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2018, Dan Browning, a history graduate from Anglia Ruskin with postgrad qualifications from Cambridge, UEA, and the Institute of Education. Joined as head of school in 2017. Previous posts have included executive principal of St John's & King Richard School for British Forces children in Cyprus and vice principal of Tendring Technology College. He still teaches history, and lives on the college campus with his wife Sarah, two daughters and their golden retriever, Mable.

Academic matters

Though strictly speaking non-selective, the varied intake (50 per cent boarding) plus provision of music and sports places – and a perception in the area that 'It’s for bright children' - means pupils appreciate their good fortune in being there and are motivated to work hard. Parents are a strong support and the school’s results reflect all round achievement....

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

We have a small number of students with Special Educational Needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia and those who have special needs because English is not their first language. We have a very able Learning Support Co-ordinator (SENCO). Students with special needs often take only one modern language and are withdrawn from the second for one to one or small group support. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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